Our vision is to connect, engage, and inspire all students in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District to reach academic excellence. We, the educators of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, will instill habits of reflection and inquiry to challenge our students in setting ambitious academic and personal goals. Students will develop a strong voice to express thoughts and ideas in the community and the confidence to showcase their talents and successes in preparation for entry into college and the world of work.


April Blog

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have entered the final quarter of the 2016 – 2017 school year; I cannot believe how quickly this year is going by! Following are some updates from Ayer Shirley Regional High School:

 There is an open gym night for 8th and 9th grade students tonight, April 6th at ASRHS. It is FREE for 8th grade students and $3.00 for 9th grade students. There will be a concession stand open if students would like to purchase snacks. In addition, students may want to bring blankets/sleeping bags to get comfortable for the movie!

 Ayer Shirley FIRST Robotics Team will be competing in the New England Championship at UNH, Durham on April 6th, April 7th , and April 8th. Good luck to Andromedia One!

 Spring Fling Week is April 10th – 14th. There will be both daytime and evening activities for students. This is sponsored by Student Council.

 There is a senior parent meeting on April 11th in the ASRHS Commons to discuss upcoming senior activities and the senior cookout. Please see the enclosed Senior Calendar for other important dates and reminders for ALL students.

 Band Trip – BSO Rehearsal, April 13th.

 On April 13th there is an open house at ASRHS for 8th grade parents from 1PM – 2PM. Parents are invited to see classes in session and chat with teachers who may not have a class at that time. Students will be conducting tours of the building so parents can see the facility from a student’s point of view and also see teaching and learning in action!

 Spring Vacation is April 17th – 21st


 Congratulations Katherine Blood, Jillian Folger, Christian Hoffman, Alex Patano, Allison Steeves, and Hann Tu for being published in The Marble Collection. For more information about The Marble Collection visit https://themarblecollection.org. Thank you to Mrs. Wittmier for working with students each year to get them published!

 Marie Morales, an ASRHS senior, is conducting a fundraiser for her senior Capstone Project. Please see the attached for additional information.

 Mrs. Terry Wallace, Administrative Assistant in School Counseling, was selected as ASRHS Employee of the Month for March.

As always, we are here to support both families and students.


Albert J. Varga, Principal

School Counseling News

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 All Community Service hours should have been handed in by March 1, 2017. As a reminder, there is a community service requirement for graduation. If your hours have not been completed, please speak to Mrs. Sweetland IMMEDIATELY.

 Tuesdays and Thursdays H block: These are the times that are consistently available for Seniors to discuss college/career plans etc. Please make an appointment in the Counseling Office!


 Make sure your Naviance tasks are in progress and completed by the deadlines!

 We will host a College Admissions Seminar on March 23 at 7 PM in the LGI room with a guest speaker from MEFA.

 If you are considering participating in college sports, visit the NCAA for rules, regulations and requirements http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/eligibility-center

 It is time to schedule your college admissions tests! We recommend that you take the writing portion of the SAT and/or the ACT. Ayer Shirley Regional High School’s CEEB code is 220095.

o Use https://www.khanacademy.org/sat to link to your PSAT scores and practice to improve your SAT scores!

o Register for the SAT Reasoning, with Writing, tests at www.collegeboard.org Make sure you use the same email account you used for your PSAT.

o If you need to take SAT Subject tests, you can take up to 3 on one test date; you cannot take the reasoning test and subject tests on the same date.

o Fee waivers are available to students who receive free or reduced lunch. Please see your counselor to obtain one.

SAT Test Dates* Registration Dates

May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017

June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017

To register for the ACT, with writing, go to http://www.actstudent.org. Fee waivers are available to students who receive free or reduced lunch. Please see your counselor to obtain one.

ACT Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration (Extra Fee Required)

April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 4-17, 2017

June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6-19, 2017


The Naviance login information has been resent to the email address on file for all parents. Please create your account so you can participate in the college and career exploration and planning process with your child(ren). In Naviance, you can see your child’s PSAT and SAT scores as they become available. You can see what tasks we have assigned and see your child’s progress; you can add colleges to your child’s list of “colleges I’m thinking about”!

Mount Wachusett Community College's STEM Awareness Day event will take place on Friday,

March 3 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.

 This is a FREE event designed for any high school senior to explore and experience the wonderful world of STEM. Participant highlights will include:

 Making necklaces with their own DNA

 Learning how to navigate various healthcare pathways

 Launching and analyzing their own mini-rockets

 Meeting local fire chiefs and hearing all about fire science

 Checking out 3-D printing and robotics equipment

 FREE lunch!

Students can reserve a space in about 30 seconds by visiting mwcc.edu/takeiton.

Remember, we are here to support student success! Students can stop by the Counseling Office at any point throughout the day. In addition, parents can contact members of the Counseling Office as follows:

Ms. Cynthia Esielionis, cesielionis@asrsd.org, 978-772-8600, ext. 1305

Mrs. Kim Sweetland, ksweetland@asrsd.org, 978-772-8600, ext. 1306

Mrs. Terry Wallace, twallace@asrsd.org, 978-772-8600, ext. 1304


Andromeda One

The Ayer Shirley FIRST Robotics team will be competing at the upcoming district events: Catch us live at https://www.twitch.tv/nefirst_blue
WPI District Event - March 9-10, 2017 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
100 Institute Road Worcester, MA 01609
Thursday 3/9 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm , Friday 3/10 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Southern New Hampshire District Event - March 25-26, 2017 - Bedford High School, 47 Nashua Rd Bedford, NH 03110 Saturday 3/25 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 3/26 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Competitions are free and open to the public so please come out.

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